Men’s Lacrosse Knocks Off No. 10 Nazareth, 11-10

Rochester, N.Y. – February 22, 2014 - The Springfield College men’s lacrosse team knocked off 10th ranked Nazareth on Saturday, with goals by Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.) and Kevin Freeman (Minisink, N.Y.) in the final 2:59 to earn an 11-10 win in non-conference play.

Nazareth tallied five goals in a span of 5:10 to tie it up, 9-9, with 3:59 to play in regulation, but the Pride scored the next two goals to edge the Golden Flyers.

With the loss, Nazareth opens the season 0-1 while Springfield improves to 2-0 overall.

The Golden Flyers’ fourth-quarter rally was started by sophomore Luke Wooters, who scored after receiving a pass from senior Brian Wright. Wooters’ goal, which was his third of the game, brought Nazareth within 9-5 with 9:09 to play in regulation. About two minutes later, junior Will Fallo followed with a goal after receiving a pass from sophomore Troy Haefele, which was followed by an unassisted goal by senior Chris Aycock 28 seconds later. Aycock’s goal trimmed the Golden Flyers’ deficit to 9-7 with 6:33 to play. Aycock scored with the man-up, and he also drew a penalty on his goal.

On the ensuing man-up opportunity, Troy Haefele scored after getting a pass from Wooters. Haefele found the back of the net with 5:35 to play in the quarter. The Golden Flyers tied the game 1:36 later as Wooters scored his fourth goal of the game. Aycock earned the assist on Wooters’ goal.

The tie score lasted 60 seconds before Lynch reclaimed the Pride’s lead with an unassisted score. Springfield added an insurance goal from Freeman with 1:41 to play in regulation, which would end up being the game-winner.

Junior Drew Simoneau cut the Golden Flyers’ deficit back to one goal 10 seconds later on with an incredible individual effort. Simoneau won the faceoff and maintained control of the ball as he drove through the Pride’s defense to Springfield’s goal.

Nazareth had offensive opportunities as they looked for the game-tying goal, but the Pride’s goalie, Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), saved a shot by Wright and Wooters in the final 65 seconds. The Golden Flyers also added a pair of off-target shots.

In the first half, Devin Abad (East Longmeadow, Mass.) put the Pride ahead 1-0 6:53 into the game with an unassisted goal. Wooters matched Abad with an unassisted score from the left side of Springfield’s goal. The Pride, however, tallied the next six goals to claim a 7-1 lead with 9:30 to play in the second quarter. Bryce Serriello (Cape Cod, Mass.)had three goals, including a man-up score, while Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) added two goals, and Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.) capped the run with an unassisted goal.

Troy Haefele scored his first goal of the game with 8:02 to play in the half to cut the halftime score to 7-2.

Just 1:14 into the third quarter, Haefele earned the assist on sophomore Matt O’Neill’s man-up goal. Abad and Wooters each scored in the final 5:10 of the period to leave Nazareth trailing 8-4 going into the final quarter. The Pride stretched their lead to five goals with a man-up score 2:07 into the fourth before the Golden Flyers scored their five consecutive goals.

Springfield commited four penalties in the fourth quarter to provide Nazareth with several man-up chances. The Golden Flyers finished 2-4 with the man-up in the period, but Nazareth was only 1-6 on their opportunities in the opening 45 minutes. Springfield, meanwhile, was 2-3 with the man-up over the course of the game.

Nazareth held a 58-22 advantage in total shots, including a 36-5 advantage in the second half. The Golden Flyers also had an advantage in ground balls (39-15) and faceoffs won (18-7). Simoneau won 18 of 25 faceoffs for Nazareth, and he was 16-19 over the final three quarters. Simoneau also collected a game-high 16 ground balls.

Nash finished with a game-high 18 saves for Springfield to earn the victory. Nazareth goalie sophomore Scott Brown was credited with four saves.

Next Saturday, Springfield will travel to Stevens for a 2:00 p.m. start.